I Graduated College, Now What?

honors-college1The majority of pop culture focuses on our younger years when we’re in school, or the adult years when people go through a midlife turning point. No one really talks about the time in-between, when you’re not a “full-fledged adult” yet, but you’re not a “young adult” anymore either.

I believe I have personally reached that gap. I graduated undergrad in May 2016 at 21 years old. I’m not classified as a young adult anymore, but I don’t feel like I’ve completely reached adulthood. I’m still developing as an individual and trying to build a life for myself.

Right before I graduated, I realized that I needed a game plan. There wasn’t a next grade level to go to. I get to decide what that next thing is.

These were the choices I decided I had once I graduated:

  1. Get a job
  2. Continue my education in a graduate program
  3. Gap year at home, financially dependent on my parents

The only thing that list made me aware of was that I did not want to have to rely on my parents. College made me accustom to independence that I couldn’t have living at home, or getting money from my parents.

Getting my Master’s degree has always been on my personal goal list, but I needed a break from academia. My parents also made it clear that I would have to fund myself to further my education in grad school.

So I decided to get a job and move out of my parents’ home.

I’m sure I’ll expand on what happened those two months between graduation and me moving out in later posts. But this blog needs to focus on your possibilities after graduation.

Even though I personally gave myself three options, there are so many more opportunities to choose from.

Here’s just a few:

  • Traveling
  • Start your own business/brand
  • Internship
  • Non-conventional Education
  • Create a new technology/product
  • A gap year program
  • Invest in your passions
  • Do something crazy fun
  • Part-time job
  • Volunteer
  • Freelance
  • Teach Abroad

If a non-traditional route speaks to you, then go for it! There are more options out there for you than getting a job or continuing your education.

Sometimes your skill set and passion don’t align with a particular job. That’s fine. Create your own job. HIRE YOURSELF!

The years you’re in college are supposed to be “the best time of your life,” but I refuse to believe that. Right now should be the best time of my life, regardless of where I am or my age.

Life should get better with time like wine. Limiting when you can be happy, or expect the most from life is ridiculous.

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